Thursday, July 16, 2009
Iran blocks WikiLeaks after it leaks report about serious nuclear leak
by Larry Geller
In a statement sent today, the whistleblower site WikiLeaks said that its main site has been blocked in Iran. Also today, WikiLeaks distributed an as yet unverified report relating the resignation of the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization to a serious nuclear accident in Iran. Perhaps the two are related.
Although unverified, if true the report could explain the blocking of the WikiLeaks main website.
Here is the email report:
"Nuclear accident in Iran may lay behind mystery resignation"
Two weeks ago, a source associated with Iran's nuclear programme confidentially told WikiLeaks of a serious, recent, concealed nuclear accident at Natanz. Natanz is the primary location of Iran's nuclear enrichment program.
We have reason to believe the source was credible however contact with this source has been lost.
We would not normally mention such an incident without additional confirmation, however according to Iranian media and the BBC, today the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Gholam Reza Aghazadeh has resigned u der mysterious circumstances. According to reports, the resignation was tendered around 20 days ago.
As WikiLeaks points out, they have carried information on US/Israeli destabilization efforts, including this recent item posted earlier this month (snippet, see full article for the details):
…In other words, since the U.S. has sanctions on Iran, the State Department is contracting a group not under U.S. jurisdiction to export items to Iran, including technology and software, “to advance democracy and human rights”. These items may not include goods banned under normal circumstances or arms. However, the document notes, if these items are to be exported to Iran, “A separate license is required to engage in such transactions.” …
That’s hot stuff, but no reason for Iran to ban the site. You’d think.
WikiLeaks can look forward to continued controversy and probable blocking in one country or another. All the more reason to check into their website once and awhile to see what is being kept from us.